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  • China shake-up gives climate change responsibility to environment ministry

    China shake-up gives climate change responsibility to environment ministry

    China will hand over a slew of new responsibilities for river, marine and soil pollution as well as climate change to a beefed-up environment ministry, it said on Tuesday, part of its biggest shake-up in years. The 10-year-old Ministry of...

  • Manchester river has worst level of microplastic pollution in world

    Manchester river has worst level of microplastic pollution in world

    A river in the north-west of England had the highest recorded levels of microplastic pollution in the world, a study has found. Researchers at the University of Manchester studied rural streams and urban rivers at 40 sites across Greater...

  • Xlendi: a walk-through rubbish dumping site

    Xlendi: a walk-through rubbish dumping site

    Xlendi, one of Gozo’s prime tourist areas, is becoming a walk-through rubbish landfill. Its bring-in site has been burnt, and open garbage bags with waste are spread all over. Bulky waste strewn all over pavements is the rule of the day,...

  • Research on dolphins and whales in Maltese waters published in Nature journal

    Research on dolphins and whales in Maltese waters published in Nature journal

    A research assessment on the status of dolphins and whales in Maltese waters has recently been published in Nature journal’s Scientific Reports. The research was conducted by the University of Malta’s Conservation Biology Research Group (CBRG-UM)...

  • More than a third of creatures die at Sea Life Centre in one year

    More than a third of creatures die at Sea Life Centre in one year

    Conservationists have expressed concern after more than a third of the creatures at a Sea Life centre died in a single year. There were 812 deaths out of 2,293 creatures at Great Yarmouth Sea Life centre in 2015-16, a BBC investigation found. The...

  • Smartphone apps launched to report alien fish and jellyfish

    Smartphone apps launched to report alien fish and jellyfish

    Smartphone apps were recently launched for the Spot the Jellyfish and the Spot the Alien Fish campaigns. The apps take these two citizen science campaigns to a new level by allowing users to report sightings of jellyfish and of alien...

  • Research on vulnerabilities of the built environment

    Research on vulnerabilities of the built environment

    Academics from the University of Malta are collaborating with partners from Europe and Asia involved in Cabaret, an EU-funded research project that focuses on resilience and the vulnerabilities of the built environment. The project deals with...

  • Indigenous trees planted at school

    Members of the ‘Grow 10 Trees Project’, the eNGO Why Not? and Leaf (Learning About Forests) Malta, together with volunteers and children at San Ġorġ Preca College’s Middle School at Blata l-Bajda, recently teamed up to plant around 56 mostly...

  • The lay vs the lie of the land

    The lay vs the lie of the land

    February, with its wintry wrath of wet and chilly days, is thankfully nearly over and ramblers look forward to the warmer sunny days of March that boost the dazzling radiance of colourful nature. Spring looms once again, and the spirit is spruced...

  • Mcast research group involved in Med agri land use project

    Mcast research group involved in Med agri land use project

    The link between agriculture, biodiversity and the environment is particularly important today in the context of the complex challenges impacting on these sectors simultaneously. Many are aware of the important role of biodiversity in supporting...

  • Students learn about organic farming through journalism

    Students learn about organic farming through journalism

    Eight students aged between 11 and 14, from St Michael’s Foundation, San Ġwann, recently had a hands-on experience of environmental journalism to learn how to report responsibly on organic farming practices and proper labelling of food...

  • Ramblers’ joie de vivre

    Ramblers’ joie de vivre

    The countryside in February will be showing off the best of its velvety verdant mantle, and with some luck, a crisp, sunlit day will draw deep contrasting colour by complementing white, puffed clouds against a blue sky. The effect is breathtaking...

  • Tree Your Town scheme launched on Arbor Day

    Tree Your Town scheme launched on Arbor Day

    A number of indigenous trees were recently planted at Xrobb l-Għaġin Nature Park and Sustainable Development Centre, l/o Marsaxlokk, as part of activities held on Arbor Day to launch Tree Your Town, a new school-community link project grant...

  • Ramblers’ winter walks released

    Ramblers’ winter walks released

    The Ramblers’ Association of Malta (RAM) has just released its winter 2018 programme of walks, and duly sent it out to all members. It covers the first three months of 2018. Non-members who would like to try out a walk with the association may...

  • Mussels of the European Arctic contain most microplastics - study

    Mussels of the European Arctic contain most microplastics - study

    Tiny bits of plastic are contaminating mussels from the European Arctic to China in a sign of the global spread of ocean pollution that can end up on people's dinner plates. Mussels in apparently pristine Arctic waters had most plastic of any...

  • Malta joins international Litter Less Campaign

    Malta joins international Litter Less Campaign

    Workshops about marine litter and the delicate sand dune ecosystems were held as part of the official launch in Malta of the international Litter Less Campaign. The campaign aims to educate young people on the issue of litter and encourage them to...

  • Rediscovering the tasty and healthy carob

    Rediscovering the tasty and healthy carob

    The fruit of the carob tree is a healthy substitute for chocolate and can be used to make cakes and drinks, students at Gozo College’s Middle School learned during an ecoschool project over the past three months. The students have been conducting...

  • Myth Debunked: Is asupermoon really super?

    Myth Debunked: Is asupermoon really super?

    The term ‘supermoon’ carries with it a heavy dose of expectation, with the coined term leaving unaware individuals with the idea that the moon will appear much bigger and brighter than it normally is in the sky. While the supermoon is indeed at...

  • Photo of the week

    Photo of the week

    The GLEAM Survey of the sky, showing our Milky Way galaxy in radio waves. Photo: Natasha Hurley-Walker (ICRAR/Curtin) and the GLEAM Team.

  • Raising awareness that not wasting is everyone’s business

    Raising awareness that not wasting is everyone’s business

    As part of European Week for Waste Reduction a business breakfast on the theme ‘Make it your business not to waste’ on how local businesses can reduce waste was held by the Ministry for the Environment at a hotel in St Julian’s. Waste expert Mario...